Elmhurst is located in the northeastern part of the state of Illinois and a city in DuPage County. It sits west of downtown Chicago wherein it is a suburb thereof. The early inhabitants in the area are the Potawatomi Indians. The area was settled in 1836 and was originally called Cottage Hill for the inn called Hill Cottage that was built midway for Chicago and Fox Valley settlement. It was then later on renamed as Elmhurst because of the elm trees that have been planted along the streets. The railroad, Galena and Chicago Union Railroad, arrived in 1849 which provided access to Chicago’s community produce. Elmhurst was developed and cultivated as a farming community until it was developed as a residential suburb for Chicago in the 1930s. The major factors that contributed to the city’s economy were primarily in food processing, manufacture of industrial supplies, and health care and financial services.
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